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Dictionary published to keep Squamish language alive

Squamish is a community of aborigine people living in the south west part of the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC). The community has a population of about 3,300 people out of which only 10 persons can actively speak the Squamish language fluently today. The language has been officially classified as nearly extinct.

In order to preserve the language the Squamish Nation has for the first time published a Squamish-English dictionary containing about 8,000 words which took about 18 years to compile. Pronounced Skwxwú7mesh, the dictionary can be purchased online from www.indigo.ca for 40 US dollars. For more information please visit http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Squamish+Nation+publishes+dictionary+keep+their+language+alive/4966631/story.html.

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